Fan protest: Manchester United fans invade Old Trafford pitch as clamour against the Glazers increases
According to the BBC, Manchester United fans broke onto the Old Trafford turf as protests outside the stadium against the Glazers grew heated.
Thousands of fans were in attendence for the second straight weekend demanding the American owners relinquish control of the club.
Fans who made it to the pitch were removed but some returned later. According to a report, there were also protests outside the team hotel where the United players spent the night.
Red smoke bombs littered the area around the bus that was parked just outside the Lowry Hotel.
Referee Michael Oliver and former United skipper Gary Neville saw their vehicles surrounded as they entered the stadium. Thankfully there was no trouble and both were allowed through amid much anti-Glazer chanting.
For a change, it is matters off the field that take precedence over a clkash against arch-rivals Liverpool. The match has now been delayed on safety grounds.
We take a look at some of the images and reactions from the incident below.
Images as fans storm Old Trafford
Twitter reacts as fans storm Old Trafford as part of anti-Glazers protest
Looks like the United fans are doing the Boston Tea Party in reverse and they throwing the Glazers’ coffee into the Manchester Ship Canal— Paul (@MiniMaxMan) May 2, 2021
The fans got more minutes at Old Trafford than Van De Beek ffs— Mazi King (@Zaddy_Chukwu) May 2, 2021
Love their passion !!!— Jim Giorgio (@JimGio1203) May 2, 2021
I hope this (justified & long overdue) protest spur the players on & not demoralize them. We can’t afford to lose today, and I am not sure politics should be mixing with football or happenings on the pitch, but it’s what it is. Come on Unitedddd #MUNLIV #glazerOUT #GlazersGetOut— midas touch (@_midasTouch_) May 2, 2021
I’m in agreement but wondering if this really affects the owners at all. They’re in the States.— The Leagues: World Soccer Podcast (@LeaguesPodcast) May 2, 2021
This is what we call a proper protest— UMER MEHRAJ (@umerhazard3) May 2, 2021
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Brillant move from MU to protest against Glazer before the start of football biggest derby— Mentality Monster (@kerwinkistnen14) May 2, 2021
Well Played!! 👏👏 Hope no violence
Keep it up. Wish more fans from other clubs followed.— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) May 2, 2021
Pretty wild what owners tried to do without informing any of the players, staff and supporters.
Class from united fans this 👏— lewis redburn (@lewisredburn2) May 2, 2021